In honor of her
sister, who is a breast cancer survivor,
acclaimed author Elaine Hussey is giving away a signed copy
SWEETEST HALLELUJAH, a literary fiction novel critics
Follow black former jazz singer Betty
Jewel Huthes as she battles against cancer and the racial
barriers of 1955 Mississippi in order to keep her child
safe. Enter here to win!
Betty Jewel Hughes was once the
hottest black jazz singer in Memphis. But when she finds
herself pregnant and alone, she gives up her dream of being
a star to raise her beautiful daughter, Billie, in Shakerag,
Mississippi. Now, ten years later, in 1955, Betty Jewel is
dying of cancer and looking for someone to care for Billie
when she's gone. With no one she can count on, Betty Jewel
does the unthinkable: she takes out a want ad seeking a
loving mother for her daughter.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, recently widowed
Cassie Malone is an outspoken housewife insulated by her
wealth and privileged white society. Working part-time at a
newspaper, she is drawn to Betty Jewel through her
mysterious ad. With racial tension in the South brewing, the
women forge a bond as deep as it is forbidden. But neither
woman could have imagined the gifts they would find in each
other, and in the sweet young girl they both love with all
their hearts. Deeply moving and richly evocative, The
Sweetest Hallelujah is a remarkable tale about finding hope
in a time of turmoil, and about the transcendent and
transformative power of friendship.
Elaine invites you to visit her and join in her blog
conversations at http://www.elainehussey.com.